we're all in a few experience captives in latest international: captives of a political procedure, of situations, of our tasks or our illusions, to claim not anything of these who're captives in a literal experience. the realm appears to be like choked with lost humans trapped in captivity of 1 style or one other, occasionally self-imposed, yet feeling still alienated from a opposed international round them. those tales from previous problems with Glas have lengthy been classics in Russian literature whereas their subject matters became much more proper this day as a result replaced scenario in Russia in prefer of bureaucratic totalitarianism and the never-ending struggle within the Caucasus. "More now than ever sooner than, accurately simply because hopes on their local flooring are back precarious," to cite Georges Steiner who spotted the tendency already a few years in the past. For the sake of our new readers who've neglected these previous Glas matters we made up our minds to reprint chosen tales from them. The tales were grouped in sections: "The Post-Perestroika Confusion" and "Remembering the Soviet Past". the 1st workforce of news, frequently verging at the absurd, conveys the chaos within the lives and minds of easy Russians within the face of unexpected difficulties. the second one half is a reminder of the Soviet previous, which such a lot of Russians are nostalgic for this present day forgetting its inhuman essence as they're dealing with the present-day problems. Vladimir Makanin's "The Captive of the Caucasus", which supplies this assortment its identify, captures the gist of the Russo-Chechen clash within the Caucasus in a single episode from the day-by-day battle occurring there. it's one shiny instance of the illusory nature of man's freedom: right here Russian troops locate that they're the captives of the land they believe they've got conquered.

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